Latest Harry Potter film holds top box office spot for Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Warner Brothers, who owns the "Harry Potter" movie franchise is part of the MPAA.
Warner Brothers, who owns the "Harry Potter" movie franchise is part of the MPAA. Warner Bros. Pictures

What’s a good holiday weekend without a big dose of fantasy and fairy tales? A wizard and a princess ruled the box office with the latest Harry Potter movie and new Disney film "Tangled."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was number one, conjuring up another $50 million in ticket sales. Since its debut last weekend, the seventh installment in the enchanting franchise has earned more than $220 million.

Disney’s new 3-D animated musical tale Tangled was almost tied for first with $49 million for the weekend and $69 million since opening Wednesday. That surpassed industry expectations. The cartoon revisits the classic fairy tale about the princess Rapunzel who has big issues with her hair.

In third place, Megamind earned about $13 million, followed by Cher and Christina Aguilera’s Burlesque. It had a so-so opening with almost $12 million.

Close behind was Unstoppable in fifth place. All told, not a bad weekend for Tinseltown, but a little less magic than last year when the Twilight Saga and Blind Side drew record crowds.

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